STUDIO CITY—A man was shot and killed by a deputy after the suspect rammed his vehicle into the officer on Thursday, June 24. The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on the 12100 block ofVentura Boulevard near a Chipotle restaurant. The deputy, who was assigned to the Sherriff’s Narcotics Bureau, was working along the Drug Enforcement Administration and attending a multi-jurisdiction debriefing after serving a search warrant when the incident occurred.
Authorities noticed a man suspiciously looking into parked vehicles while they were talking, possibly planning to commit a crime. The individual was confronted by a Drug Enforcement Agent and became uncooperative and a scuffle ensued. That’s when the deputy stepped in and assisted the agent with the situation by drawing his handgun and informing the suspect to get to the ground.
“A white sedan, driven by a second suspect, sped towards the group, hitting the deputy. The deputy was thrown into the air, landed on the hood, hit the windshield and was thrown back onto the ground,” stated a press release from the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department website. The deputy and another Drug Enforcement agent reacted by firing several shots into the suspects vehicle. The vehicle picked up speed for a brief distance before crashing into several cars in the parking lot.
Paramedics arrived and pronounced the second suspect dead on the scene. The deputy was treated at a local hospital for injuries he sustained from being hit by the vehicle which included several bruises and abrasions, and he was later released. The name and age of the victim has yet to be disclosed to the public.
Canyon News spoke to Deputy Peck of the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department about the incident. She indicated that the first suspect was detained and questioned by police, but she couldn’t elaborate if the suspect was arrested. She added that authorities are still investigating the case and are unsure if the two suspects knew one another. No other deputies were seriously injured during the incident.